This Week In Tennis
- RISING: Šafářová (+3 to #13), Stosur (+2 to #23), Giorgi (+5 to #45), Larsson (+7 to #62), Bertens (+15 to #82), Parmentier (+10 to #92),
- FALLING: Pennetta (-2 to #14), V. Williams (-2 to #16), Kovinic (-5 to #52), Wickmayer (-11 to #54), SaiSai (-7 to #71),
ON THE WEB
100 Days to Rio: the Race Heats Up
The Long Road Back: A 1-on-1 with Lucie Šafářová
CNN Open Court: Barcelona Bumblebee
CNN Open Court: That Backhand
The Numbers Behind Vika's Renaissance
No Tennis Wildcards at Rio 2016: What This Means for India’s Chances at the Olympics
Eugenie Bouchard: 'I know I Can Play Great Tennis'
Doubles Specialists Face Unusual Pressure, Atmosphere in Olympic Tennis
Double Trouble: Mladenovic & Garcia Racing Through April (Part I)
Double Trouble: Mladenovic & Garcia Racing Through April (Part II)
Serb and Return: Jelena Jankovic on the Comeback Trail
Champion's Corner: Safarova
- Diego Schwartzman won the first title of his career in Istanbul. He overcame a first set deficit to defeat Grigor Dimitrov 6-0 in three sets amidst a meltdown from the Bulgarian.
- Dimitrov made the finals in Istanbul, but his week will be remembered for how that match ended against Diego Schwartzman. Watch how the drama unfolded here.
- Philipp Kohlschreiber will be a darkhorse during the French Open on the strength of his recent clay results, culminating in this week's title in Munich. He's made the quarterfinals of five tournaments in 2016 and took out the rising Dominic Thiem in a three-set final on home soil.
- Nicolas Almagro made a big jump in the ATP rankings after winning in Estoril. Ranked as high as #9 in his career, the Spaniard rises 23 spots to #48 after his title run.
- Alexander Zverev continued his steady rise up the ATP ranks with a semifinal showing in Munich. The 19-year-old made his third quarterfinal of 2016 and has had his runs halted by the likes of Murray, Monfils, Berdych, Nadal, and now Thiem.
- Rafael Nadal was named the flag bearer for Spain for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.
- Juan Martin del Potro made his return to clay courts this week after a three year absence from playing a professional match on the surface. He won two rounds in Munich before losing in straight sets to eventual champion, Kohlschreiber.
- Wacky weather in Munich this week, and players took to social media to show us what it's like to play tennis while it's snowing.
- Benoit Paire's semifinal run in Estoril means there are now five Frenchmen ranked in the ATP's top 20.
- Missed Ben Rothenberg's appearance on Jeopardy this week? Watch it here.
- RISING: Raonic (+1 to #10), Paire (+1 to #20), Kohscreiber (+2 to #25), Mayer (+4 to #42), Zverev (+6 to #43), Almagro (+23 to #48), Dzumhur (+5 to #74), Schwartzman (+25 to #62), Thompson (+28 to #90), del Potro (+63 to #274)
- FALLING: Gasquet (-2 to #12), Pella (-7 to #50), Cervantes (-8 to #66), Rosol (-7 to #72), Groth (-15 to #95), Cecchinato (-25 to #118)
ON THE WEB
How to Make Pro Tennis a Realistic Career
Rafael Nadal Wants His Drug-Test Results Made Public
Bill Tilden: A U.S. Tennis Hero, but with a Morals Clause
Kozlov Enjoying All-Surface Success In Challengers
A Rowdy Tennis Round Robin
Tipsarevic Makes Winning Return In Ostrava
Long-Forgotten Tennis Brand Pins Revival on No. 81 Ranked Player
Belarus Tennis Player Escapes Punishment Over Meldonium
John Millman: Behind Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, Australia's Next Best Thing
What David Foster Wallace Got Right About Tennis
Mailbag: Has the ATP's Next Generation Fizzled Out?
Back to Paris for Bjorn Fratangelo
The Body Serve - "The Spelling Bee: Lemonade Quenches Your Thirst"
Tennis.com - "Rafa Unleashed"
No Challenges Remaining - "You Can't Do That on Television"
WTA Insider - "Fertile Soil (Kerber, Siegemund)"
WTA Insider - "Dropshot: Mutua Madrid Open Preview"
Beyond The Baseline - "Irina Falconi"
Tennis Connected - "Djokovic Has Something to Prove in Madrid"